Wow, talk about managed retreat!
“As seas rise, Indonesia is moving its capital city. Other cities should take note: Indonesia made a stunning announcement this week that it will relocate its capital from Jakarta. The decision validates decades of warnings about the city’s catastrophic flood risk due to sinking land and rising seas. Indonesia’s decision to be proactive is something all coastal cities should do, what I call “intelligent adaptation.” While Jakarta is especially vulnerable to the threat of rising seas, it serves as a profound wake-up call for hundreds of major cities, Washington included. Though it is tempting to procrastinate, cities would be smart to begin their adaptation planning now. By planning for rising sea levels, cities create confidence in their future. Adaptation can be a tremendous economic opportunity.”